Young researchers awarded by L’Oréal-UNESCO

PARIS — The L’Oréal Foundation hosted for the first time, on Wednesday, the Génération Jeunes Chercheuses (Young Researcher Generation) event, as part of its annual For Women in Science program.

Held in the Pasteur Institute here, the event casting the spotlight on 30 young researchers was open to the public and scientific community. It included presentations, round table discussions and interviews centered on four main themes: astronomy beyond the stars, the age of green science, when the imperceptible makes itself known and medicine of the future.

The L’Oréal Foundation, in partnership with the Academy of Sciences and the French commission for UNESCO, awarded the 30 scientists research grants of 15,000 euros, or $16,511 at current exchange, for doctorate students and 20,000 euros, or $22,016, for post-doctorate students.

Thirteen of the women came from outside of France, including from Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and the U.S. Winners are to make appearances at middle and high schools throughout 2017.

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Present at the ceremony were Hervé Navellou, general manager of L’Oréal France; Isabel Marey-Semper, general manager of the L’Oréal Foundation; professor Bernard Meunier, president of the Academy of Sciences, and Daniel Janicot, president of the French national commission at UNESCO.

Worldwide, 2,250 female scientists have been granted scholarships by L’Oréal-UNESCO as part of the For Women in Science program, which was created in 1998. Each year, in the spring, the program holds its highest awards ceremony in Paris, where the achievements of five female scientists — working in the field of physical sciences and hailing from a different part of the globe — are recognized.

This year, the jury was presided over by Nobel Prize winner in medicine Elizabeth Blackburn, who was a L’Oréal-UNESCO laureate in 2008. A total of 92 awards have been given since the program began, including two who went on to win the Nobel Prize.

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